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Hello! I'm Ross Nickerson. I have been playing and teaching banjo for most of my life. Here at my website BanjoTeacher.com, we hand pick the best beginner banjos and banjo kits for beginners from brands and models for learning banjo we trust and endorse.
I have personally played all of these banjos and seen students in action with them. We stand behind them all and I feel as though our Beginner Startup Banjo Packages offer the best banjos to learn on with the best value and included banjo instruction in the business.
Morgan Monroe MB-9 Duelington Deluxe 5-string Beginner Intermediate Banjo - from Morgan Monroe
Video By Ross Nickerson - owner of Banjo Teacher.com - Playing original Song - Feeling Low
Beginner Banjo - Morgan Monroe Duelington
No one else can offer the quality, comprehensive instruction we include with each beginner banjo purchase. My Fundamentals of Five String Banjo is a 54 page book with a two hour DVD and two audio CDs. It covers so many important things in your learning experience not included by any competition's "throw in" Books and DVDs.
All of our Banjos are checked thoroughly with strict quality control standards before shipping and arrive professionally set-up. insured warrantied and ready to play.
Beginner Banjo Kits - $79 retail value for only an additional $20 or even FREE with some banjo packages
Example of comments I receive from my customers often.
....."The Banjo just arrived and everything seems to be just as good as you described. So far I am very happy with it. I can already tell the difference from my other banjo. It is even more fun to play. Thanks for your help and patience thru the process. I appreciate your communication. I will let you know how it goes from here. Bert"
....."When I opened the case, the banjo was perfectly in tune and had a straight neck. It sounds great and I'm very pleased with the product. I am even more pleased with your communication with regard to my purchase. P.S. Thanks for the book too."
Call us anytime to seek advice, ask questions, make special requests or order on the phone from an expert. 1-866-322-6567 and ask for Ross.
At BanjoTeacher.com we hand pick our 5-string bluegrass banjos, choosing banjo brands and models that we know will give you the best chance of success.
We have a great selection of bluegrass banjos from the best beginner banjo for students just starting out to the "next step" and even more professional banjo models that you can continue to grow with.
Not only do we have low competitive prices that are as good as any out there, but we offer much more than our competitors with our playing expertise, pro banjo set-ups and the professional banjo instruction that is included FREE with the purchase of any bluegrass banjo. Below is a more specific definition of bluegrass banjos and the 5-string banjo styles played with them.
".....Ross, Just a quick note to say thanks for the outstanding, superlative service you provided. I called six days ago about a beginner banjo package…you answered all of my questions in terms I, as a beginner, could understand. When I told you I needed the banjo soonest, you called the factory direct and made sure not only that I got it by the date I needed it (I got it today, five days early!), but you got an upgrade for me at the same price! This kind of service is extraordinary, and extraordinarily rare. I’m just starting out, but you can count on me coming back to banjoteacher.com"
"Bluegrass Banjo" style better defined
Bluegrass Banjo is played with three fingers, your thumb, index and middle fingers and is most often called Earl Scruggs Style or three finger bluegrass style. If it's the sound of Earl Scruggs playing Foggy Mountain Breakdown from the movie Bonnie and Clyde or Duelin' Banjos from the movie Deliverance, then the bluegrass banjos category at BanjoTeacher.com is the right place.
If it's clawhammer, folk, frailing, old time styles you are after then check out selection of Open-Back Banjos. Our 4-string banjos are NORMALLY for Dixieland, Jazz or Old Time Swing or the 4-string Irish Tenor for Irish Celtic Music. We carry six-string banjos too for a variety of musical styles.
"...Ross, Thanks for your advice in helping me to pick out the best banjo to suit my needs as a new banjo enthusiast. Your advice helped me focus in on the style I prefer and the differences I should look for in the banjos. Dave Brueggeman"
Note: Any banjo manufacturer that we are a dealer for we carry all of their models. If you cannot find a banjo pictured on the website please call us and we will help you find it. We have the best prices with the best set up and your business and support means a lot to us. Call us for a free quote on any Gold Tone Banjo, Recording King Banjos, Deering Banjo, Morgan Monroe banjo, Nechville Banjo, Stelling Banjo, Rover, Gold Star Banjos, Savannah, Fossey 5-string Guitar Banjo and other Banjo models. We have the expertise and experience to help you any way we can.
Bluegrass Banjos by Manufacturer and Category
....Hi Ross, This is the 2nd banjo I've ordered from you, and the second time I'm glad I did. Although The Longneck White Ladye is not listed on your sight, I called you, Got a price and two days later called on the phone and got it. The price was super, and the banjo is terrific! I hope your business continues to flourish. Regards, Elgis
The Deering Goodtime 1 and Deering Goodtime 2, Goodtime Parlor Goodtime Special and Goodtime Artisan Banjos
Check our complete selection of Deering Goodtime Banjos and Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukes. Goodtime Banjos are great for for learning Bluegrass, Clawhammer, Folk, 4-string banjo styles and other banjo styles. Choose from Goodtimes with resonator, lightweight open back, Goodtime Special with flathead tonering or the Goodtime Artisan with all the features!
The "Deering Goodtime 1" open back or "Deering Goodtime 2" with resonator Beginner Banjo's are really an easy banjo to play which makes it an even easier banjo to learn on. The price is right too and with our superior beginner package you can get started playing and practicing right away.
We also cary the Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukes which is the best banjo uke I've seen, the Goodtime Irish Tenor with 17 frets, the Goodtime Parlor, a 5-string 19 fret travel banjo or the best banjo for kids, the Goodtime artisan parlor banjo, the 4-string Goodtime tenor or Deering lectrum Goodtime and the Goodtime Drop Kick Murphy, a 19 fret signature Irish Tenor Banjo.
We can install the Good Time Armrest on the Goodtime 1!
The Goodtime 1 does not come with the armrest like the more expensive Goodtime 2 does. We came up with a solution! We can install it for you before shipping for only the normal discounted $22 price of the armrest.
Add Planetary Tuning Pegs to Good Time Banjos at BanjoTeacher.com
We now offer the option to upgrade the standard Guitar tuners that come on Good Time Banjos to Deering's Good Time Planetary Tuning Pegs.
Good Time Banjos come standard with Guitar Tuners. Guitar Tuners while functional on a banjo only come on beginner banjos that do not cost that much because it saves the manufacturer, and ultimately the customer money. But not because they work better or are the preferred tuning Pegs for a 5-string banjo. Banjos use Planetary geared pegs called Planet Pegs both for functionality and looks.
Because of the way a banjo with its round shape balances in your lap it is awkward to tune the 1st and 2nd strings on a banjo with guitar tuners. Looks wise, it makes a huge difference. Planet pegs stick straight back from the banjo peghead so they are not seen from the front of the banjo.
Nothings says "Beginner Banjo" more than guitar tuners because only lower priced beginner banjos have guitar tuners. Upgrading to the Planet Pegs is a wise investment when you first buy your Good Time Banjo. If you try to do it on your own later, it will cost more and you will be left with little screw holes in the back of your headstock from where the guitar tuning pegs were installed.
Comments from Ross Nickerson
I've had many students start with this model with a lot of success. Its one of those banjos you just don't want to put down. I know you'll be satisfied if you choose to learn on the Deering Goodtime Banjo.
I wrote the above paragraph back when we added the Good time Banjos to the site. I just received these comments below by email. He mentions how he can't put it down. As a teacher that's one of the biggest attribute and selling points for the Goodtime 1.
.....Even in the short time that I have had it, I find it almost irresistible for its light weight and tone (just snatch it off the rack and practice for a while;) John C
Ross Nickerson pictured with Greg Deering
Deering Goodtime all come with an official Deering Gig Bag FREE
Also FREE Special Banjo Head Tightening T wrench
This wrench is sold separately by Deering for Goodtime Banjos for $10.95. We are including it free at Banjoteacher.com with any Goodtime Banjo.
Customer email feedback
....Hello Ross, I received my Goodtime Banjo in, what to me must be, record time; not more than 48 hours after we spoke on the phone..... The armrest and the capo spikes are also a welcome addition. Finally, the setup was perfect, just a quick tune and I was ready to go. It will suit my needs perfectly as my wife and I travel a lot in our RV. Thank you for recommending it!
Featuring Gold Tone and Deering Open Back Banjos
Open-back banjos are normally associated with a popular style of banjo playing called clawhammer. Clawhammer banjo is normally associated with a genre of traditional music that is different from bluegrass that is called Old Time Music, Old Timey, folk or traditional Appalachian music. You can also learn bluegrass on open back banjos but the open back banjos with "scooped necks" are made specifically for clawhammer only.
Open back banjos generally have a mellower tone and weigh less than resonator banjos. The clawhammer models often have what is called a scooped neck which takes out the highest five frets of the banjo neck. This is done to make it possible to play "clawhammer style" closer to the fret board and forward of the pot or round section of the banjo that has the drum head on it.
At BanjoTeachers.com you can find a wide selection of Alternative and Specialty banjo instruments. Everything from Banjo Guitars, 5 string resophonic banjos,Mandolin Banjos, Banjo Ukes, banjos that are made for different tunings and other unique banjo instruments.
Some of the unique 5-string instruments we feature are the Banjola, Banjola Deluxe, Pat Cloud Banjola, Dojo, Dojo DLX, Bela Fleck Missing Link Low C Tuning Banjo, ResNick Resonator Banjo, Lojo with low G string, 10 String Banjo, Cello Banjos, Mandolin Banjo, MB 850 Six String Banjo, Electric Banjos, Travel Banjos, Tranjo Travel Banjo, Banjolele's and Ukes, Cripple Creek Beginner Banjos, Banjolele Deluxe, Bass Banjo, 4 string Banjos.
These banjos I've chosen for reasons that I feel give an extra value for the price. All the banjos on my website I can recommend though or I would not offer them. Ive had experience with all the brands and played them all. Call me anytime for advice- 866-322-6567
This list also can take into account a banjo that just recently became available again or is presently on sale. I do my best to keep up with this category but I also maintain my own website so it's always a good idea to call me for advice and clarification. 1-866-322-6567 If you call I am the one who answers the phone. I do have help with banjo set-ups, shipping and clerical work but I still handle all the phone calls and customer relations.
I may also add banjos to this category that have high value items included free like, free hard shell cases and other special added free items.
Take a look below and always remember this is a customer friendly website. Call me if you have a question. you wont be talking to a computer and I in fact enjoy helping you learn to play the banjo and navigate this banjo world. That's what I do! and why I do this.
Ross Nickerson 1-866-322-6567 or 941-441-5249
Check below for the best value on bluegrass banjos, clawhammer banjos, banjo ukes, 4-string tenor and plectrum banjos, travel banjos and more.
Banjoteacher.com recommends a variety of smaller light weight banjos that make traveling with your banjo easier. The banjos in this category are not only for adults on the go but excellent for children learning the banjo. The travel banjos either are the mini size with the 8 inch head or have the standard 11 inch head but with a shorter 19 fret neck that can still be tuned to Open G. The banjos featured here are portable banjos that weigh less, can fit into an overhead compartment on a plane or can be carried on your shoulders anywhere for easier practice.
Tthe CC 50 Traveler, TB 250 Travel Banjo Deluxe, CC OTA beginner clawhammer style banjo and the CC OTA Old Time Banjo all have the standard 11 inch sized head and can be tuned to standard 5-string banjo open G tuning.
The 8 inch drum head size with the smaller neck scale is the other banjo alternative for kids or for traveling like the BG-Mini, CC-Mini, and The Plucky, There is also The Tranjo which is can be taken apart and put in a suitcase.
These are the best electric banjos by far in this price range
5 string electric, 4 string electric tenor and 6 string electric banjo guitars
We feature the EBM 5-string electric banjo, the EBM Plus, the EBT "Fender Tele" Style 5-string, the 4-string tenor electric banjo, six string electric banjo, the EBM-6 and the GME-4 4-string electric mandolin and the GME-5 5-string electric mandolin. We also have the new lower priced electrics that sound great, the EB-5 and the EB-6.
We have the 19 fret tenor and 17 fret Irish 4-string Tenor Banjos from Gold Tone, Deering Tenor Banjos, Recording King and Nechville, Deering 4-string Irish Drop Kick Murphy banjo, Plectrum banjos and Tenor, Recording King T 36 Mahogany tenor tone machine and Morgan Monroe 4 string banjos.
We feature 4-string banjos for dixieland, jazz, swing and traditional Irish tenor banjo styles. We have a wide variety including the TS 250 AT Special archtop tenor, The Flathead TS-250, the 4-string CEB-4 cello banjo, electric tenor banjo, Irish Tenor Banjos like the IT-800, Electric 4 string Banjo EBM-4, 250 IT and the Goldtone IT 250R with resonator. We also have 4-string plectrum banjos that have a neck that is the same length as a five string banjo and are tuned C G B D. They can also be tuned to "chicago tuning" which is the same tuning as the top four strings of a guitar.
The 4-string The Irish tenor banjo is tuned to the same notes as the violin, fiddle or mandolin.
.....I recently ordered my very first banjo from you. I am 57 y/o and I have been playing guitar all my life. Your shipping dept is fantastic and the beginner banjo video I received with my package is awesome. Your lessons I believe will help tremendously to learn the banjo. Thank you very much
BanjoLele, Banjo Ukes Gold Tone BUT, the new low cost BU-1 Banjo Uke with pickup all at Great Prices at BanjoTeacher.com
We have the best banjo ukes in stock! Goldtone banjo ukes, Gold Tone BUS Soprano, Banjo Uke, BUC Concert Banjo Uke , BUT Tenor Banjo Uke and the BUB Baritone banjo uke
We are Featuring the brand new BU-1 banjo uke by Goldtone that has a built in pickup and at this time only $199 with case.
We have the new Deering 17 fret banjo uke and the deering banjo uke concert scale both with the 11 inch head for extra volume, playability and tone.
All of our banjo ukes are FREE SHIPPING and either come with a FREE HARD SHELL case or HIGH QUALITY GIG BAGS for easy carrying.
A full selection of Gold Tone 6-string banjos. The Goldtone Electric 6-string Banjos, GT Banjitar Deluxe, Goldtone and Deering 6-string banjos with pickup and acoustic 6-string banjo guitars.
There is a new incredible 6-string Banjo Electric EB 6, along with Electric Banjitar, GT 750, Gold Tone GT 500 Banjitar, 12 string banjo GT-1200, the affordable Goldtone CC Banjitar, and the Open back 12 inch pot Gold Tone BT-2000,
We have new six string banjo Demo Videos and check out the new low priced high value 6 String Banjo the Gold tone AC 6 or the AC 6 Plus Six String Banjo with pickup.
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BanjoTeacher.com is an authorized dealer for Gold Tone Banjo, Recording King Banjo, Deering Banjo, Nechville Banjo, Morgan Monroe Banjo, Gold Star Banjo and other top banjo and instrument manufacturers. LOOKING FOR COUPON CODES? Call us at 1-866-322-6567. We are experts for all of these brands with over 15 years dealer and service experience. We stock and carry many other instruments, parts and accessories as well. We are a full service dealer for All Saga products including Blue Ridge Guitars, Kentucky Mandolins>, Regal Dobro's and all Saga, Golden Gate Accessories, Parts and Products. We offer the full line of Morgan Monroe Mandolins, Guitars, Amps, and Audio Gear. Since the the beginning of the internet boom in 2002 our longest online dealership is with the Gold Tone Music Group including all Gold Tone Banjos, Mandolins. Beard Gold Tone Resophonic Guitars, Wood Song, Jose Ramirez, the Zero Glide Nut System, Earth Tone and the many other Gold Tone Banjo Parts and accessories.
We have a selection of resophonic banjo dobro combinations of a banjo and a dobro available. Its like the best of both worlds between a steel guitar and a 5-string banjo. See, hear and purchase them online at from Ross Nickerson at BanjoTeacher.com.
Hi, it's Ross Nickerson,
I just want you to know that I will do everything I can to help you choose the right banjo for you. I enjoy helping customers and it feels good to put my years of experience to work for the benefit of others. I've been playing and teaching banjo most of my life and have had my finger on the pulse of everything related to banjo for many years. Buying a banjo can be a life changing experience and you want to make the right choices. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions and remember it's ok to call me.
You can place your order online or call me anytime 10 AM to 10 PM, 7 days a week.
I personally answer all calls and if I am on the other line, I return calls promptly.
Callers can also choose another DVD or substitute free items.
If you choose to place your order online you could email or call after you purchase to work out any details or questions you may have about your order. We're here to help and we enjoy it. That's what we do. Your call will not be sent to a computer, answered in India or answered by someone working for minimum wage that has no expertise with banjos or student needs.
My direct Toll Free number is 1-866-322-6567
Email Ross directly
All Banjo sales include Free lower 48 US shipping and many other free items. Free items are based on what type of banjo it is and the price range.
International, Alaska and Hawaii receive $30 ship credit
International, Alaska, Hawaiian orders - It's best to email us for a shipping quote before ordering
"......Ross, I called Gold Tone to get some additional information and they acknowledged their confidence in your site as a trustworthy and informative source. After dealing with them and Banjoteacher.com I must totally agree. I've invested in other instruments in this price range in the past but I have never been as impressed with the quality and value I experienced with the purchase of this Gold Tone banjo. If anyone asks me I will recommend Banjoteacher.com as a valuable information and purchasing source. Thanks for your help. Bob (feel free to use this if you like on your website)"
Banjos all Professionally Set-Up before being shipped
The Banjos are shipped directly to you professionally set up and ready to play. They also include a manufacturer warranty and are always shipped fully insured. All banjos have either a 5 year factory warranty or a lifetime factory warranty.
What Sets Us Apart
The large corporate chains don't ship their banjos set up and ready to play. Their employees don't play banjo and know nothing about them. If you purchase at BanjoTeacher.com you are purchasing from an expert and from someone who genuinely cares about his customers. We enjoying helping and will take the time to answer your questions to make sure you get the banjo that suits you best.
And you can call us anytime! 866-322-6567
Banjos are All Free U.S. Shipping BUT if you order additional items such as picks or strings at the same time that are not Free US Shipping shipping cost could be added for only those items by the shopping cart. If that causes any concern with regard to ordering please call me and I will likely adjust any additional shipping costs. Setting up a shopping cart with free shipping on one item and not on another is not always possible.
Ross - 866-322-6567
When ordering other items when ordering a Banjo
Some Books, DVDs, or accessories that are included with the banjos may come separately. Don't be alarmed if one arrives before the other. you will be sent different tracking numbers for any item shipped separately.
Banjo Sales Cancellation Policy
If it's not a warranty issue and you simply want to return the banjo, I'll gladly refund your money, all that I ask is that I recover the costs I incurred in selling you the banjo. Since Banjo's are shipped free, if a banjo was to be returned for a reason other than a warranty issue, deducted from the refund would be the shipping costs to and from and a $25 banjo set up cost. Any custom options added like 5th string capo spikes or a zero glide nut would not be eligible for refund either.
We send out tracking emails for banjos and also a separate tracking of there is an item shipped separately from the banjo.
Banjos are all set up first and are normally shipped within 2-3 business days. If there are any separately shipped items they go out the day after ordering. Feel free to call us anytime to get an ETA either before or after you order!
Banjos are shipped fully insured by UPS or Fed Ex
What's Included with your Banjo Purchase at BanjoTeacher.com
BanjoTeacher.com prices start at least 25% off the retail price and include free US shipping, complete banjo set-up and other other free items listed on each banjo's individual page.
Banjos come set up and ready to play
Each banjo is played before it leaves the shop! Along with the strict quality control and the banjos being checked very carefully before being shipped, each banjo is given a 12 point inspection, full head tuning, setup and will arrive tuned and ready to play.
Call Ross if you have questions or need advice
I personally answer all calls and if I am on the other line, I return calls promptly.
Callers can also choose another DVD or substitute free items
Call toll free: 1-866-322-6567
Featuring 5-string Resophonic Banjos like the Rickard Resophonic Banjo, The Resnick Banjonator, the Goldtone Dojo and other unique anjos.
The ResNick is a resophonic banjo is an incredible model designed by Ross Nickerson with the expertise of Resophonic Guitar "Dobro" builders Mark Thibeault and Jason Friesen of Rayco Resophonics.
Build Your Own Banjo Kits
Low Cost, High Quality Gold Tone Banjos Kits
Mandolins at great prices! Kentucky, Recording King, Goldtone and Morgan Monroe.
Resophonic Guitars / Dobros for sale at the best price. We carry Goldtone / Beard, Regal, Recording King and Morgan Monroe.
At Banjoteacher.com we primarily sell only new banjos. On occasion we have a used banjo for sale but we do not normally accept trade in's or buy banjos outright. Our focus is on great deals on new banjos that are set up and work correctly right from the beginning.
At one time we helped sell collection of upper level models including vintage banjos, old Gibson Mastertones and Prewar Gibson Banjos.